Expressing her passion and zest for life through her line of jewelry. Meraki312 designer, Palmina Trombetta is taking her creative vision to a whole new level, one piece at a time.
I had the opportunity to sit down and speak with this inspirational designer, and her story is just as beautiful as her collections.
Pearls: Where does your passion for jewelry come from?
Meraki312: As long as I can remember, I loved jewelry. In Italy, as a child, I was easily distracted by shiny objects. Not much has changed as an adult. Anyone who knows me, knows my obsession for jewelry. My work is an extension of who I am.
Pearls: What motivated you to start Meraki312?
Meraki312: In 2015, I had a breast cancer reoccurrence. Unlike my first diagnosis in 2012, where it resulted in a double mastectomy and no treatment, this time I was going through radiation treatment. A few weeks prior to my treatment, I was laid off from work. With so much on my mind, I decided to do something to distract me and turned to a jewelry making class. I loved every minute of it and I was significantly inspired. From there Meraki312 was born.
Pearls: How would you describe the type of jewelry that you design?
Meraki312: The designs are free-spirited and easy to wear. Most of the pieces are made from natural materials like, wood, stones, and leather. I’ll mix gemstones with yarn, or pearls with an unexpected pendant. I love to mix different materials and create pieces that have a carefree style to them.
Pearls: What is the price point for your lines?
Meraki312: Price point ranges from $125 to $350 plus. This year we launched an economical line M312, which still captures Meraki312 creativity, but at an affordable price ranging from $12 to $89 plus.
Pearls: Where is your jewelry currently sold?
Meraki312: Our jewelry is currently sold at RedE boutique in Elmhurst, IL. We are currently working on launching e-commerce and pop-up shops, as well as entering other channels. Folks can also reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pearls: What and/or Who are your inspirations for your jewelry line?
Meraki312: I’m surrounded by inspiration. I might walk by a pillow, and the material or pattern may inspire me. I flip through the pages of Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Elle, etc. every month. I love Nicole Richie and Olivia Palermo’s sense of style. Anna Dello Russo is the poster child for fashion, a pocket on her jacket inspires me.
Pearls: Who is the “Woman” that your designing for?
Meraki312: All women. Every woman has her own unique style, regardless of age. I believe Meraki312 can have a mass appeal given the unique styles.
Pearls: What is the ultimate goal for your jewelry line?
Meraki312: Our goal is to create unique statement pieces that women will love and connect them with our vision.
Pearls: Who are your favorite designers?
Meraki312: I love them all! I see the creativity and love, even in designs that don’t appeal to me, like Moschino. I used to love founder Franco Moschino and his whimsical clothing, however, current creative director Jeremy Scott is over the top and too theatrical. I appreciate his talent, but not my cup of tea. On the other hand, I am obsessed with Dolce & Gabbana and everything they do. I love how their culture is incorporated in every piece of apparel and jewelry.
Pearls: What is one of your best and most exciting style investments?
Meraki312: I have a few: A vintage Chanel necklace, YSL clutch, and an amazing Rohit & Rahul blouse that I purchased at RedE, which I believe will never go out of style.
Meet designer Palmina Trombetta, she will be selling both jewerly lines at the 4 WOMEN BY WOMEN event on Sunday November 27, at the American Legion in Elmhurst. For more info on the event click here! Buy tickets to 4 Women By Women now!
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